In the Czech Republic, there are many state holidays that have significant meanings not only in the history of the country but also in the culture of its inhabitants. One of these holidays is St. Martin’s Day. Let’s discover the meaning of the event, what people do on this day, and what its significance is in the Czech Republic.  The mysterious name  Some people call St. Martin’s Day as the Funeral of Saint Martin, Martinsrag, Old Halloween, or Old Hallowmas Eve. Generally speaking, this holiday symbolizes the funeral day of Saint Martin of Tours. People celebrate it on a yearly basis on November 11, 3 days after the death of the saint, which took place on November 8, 397.  So,Read more.

Every country carries out their own set of traditions and customs each year during the holidays. When moving to the Czech Republic, it’s good to be aware of some customs that may be different from your own. For example, in the Czech Republic, it’s common for households to hold off on getting a Christmas tree until December 23rd or just a few days before. Why? Answers vary, but a few have told me it’s to make sure that the tree is still alive and fresh at home on Christmas Day. Families will usually decorate the tree together on the 23rd and so it will be ready on the 24th — Christmas Day. Yes, even Christmas Day is different in CzechRead more.

When I first moved to Prague in the Spring of 1995, we were hard pressed for decent headlining acts. Nick Cave, The Rolling Stones, and Moloko were all memorable events from that era, but disposable income was scarce, and you had to either be well off, or know someone, to even think about getting in. Well, the times have certainly changed, and Prague is now a regular central European stop on any decent mainstream promoters radar. Part of it is the fact that locals now have that spending power punch, and the venues have evolved to host the Pop worlds varied needs. You’ll be super lucky to catch a premiere act in Lucerna or the Archa theatre as capacity isRead more.